Psychology Externship

Overview for the 2020-2021 Interview Cycle

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our practicum site!   

We offer a 9-month practicum rotation to advanced graduate students in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or other related fields.  Our practicum cohort is typically comprised of two psychology externs and two social work interns.

As Temple is a large, urban, public research university, we are seeking applicants interested in providing culturally sensitive mental health services to our diverse student body.  We are also seeking applicants that are interested in working in an environment that requires flexibility and active collaboration with our multi-disciplinary staff.  Throughout the training year, we hope to create a supportive atmosphere that helps facilitate clinical growth, encourages reflective practice, and emphasizes an intersectional framework. 

We ask that psychology externs ideally spend three full days per week at our site.  This must include Fridays, as this is when we have Case Conference and Group Supervision of Group (8:30am to noon).  In addition, we have a mandatory weeklong orientation in mid-August, and then ask psychology externs to start the following week when Temple's classes start

Overall, we are looking for goodness of fit between our site and the applicant's past experience and training goals.  Given the pace of the work, it is strongly preferred that students have (at minimum) one full-year of psychotherapy experience prior to applying.

Direct Service Activities 

  • Initial Assessments: Students new to TCS are encouraged to present at any time during registration hours where they fill out registration paperwork and are assigned to an Initial Assessment appointment. The focus of this initial assessment is the identification of problems or areas of concern, the level of clinical urgency, and the development of a treatment plan.  Interns are assigned 1-2 new Initial Assessments (IAs) per week.
  • Individual Therapy: We provide individual therapy to our diverse student body of roughly 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  We typically see students at our center on a short-term basis, averaging 6 to 7 sessions.  With that said, externs are often able to carry a few longer-term clients throughout the year.  As the year progresses, it is expected that externs are seeing approximately 8 to 10 students per week.  Some presenting concerns may include: adjusting to college life, managing interpersonal difficulties, identity issues and development, depression, and anxiety.
  • Group Therapy: Externs co-facilitate an interpersonal process group with staff in both the fall and spring semester of their time here.  Some groups co-facilitated in the past include: Understanding Self and Others (USO), Building Social Confidence, Graduate Student Group, and Family Matters.  Early in the training year, staff provides a didactic reviewing the theory and practice of group therapy in preparation for the training year.

Supervision and Training

  • Individual Supervision: Each extern receives two hours per week of individual supervision.  One supervisor is a licensed staff psychologist and the other is a doctoral intern.  Supervisors come from various theoretical orientations and work to co-create goals for the supervisory space. 
  • Group Supervision of Group: Each week, social work interns and psychology externs join together for a ninety-minute group supervision of group, co-facilitated by two staff members.  This space allows practicum students to share and reflect on experiences of their own co-facilitation, emphasizing things like therapeutic factors of group, stages of group development, and parallel process.
  • Case Conference: Practicum students and doctoral interns attend a shared weekly, ninety-minute case conference.  In the beginning of the year, staff co-facilitators provide didactic instruction on the structure, content, and use of psychodynamic case formulations.  Trainees then present cases for discussion on a rotating basis. The purpose of case conference is to enhance therapeutic skills through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning.  While we do not require applicants to have a background in dynamic theory, it is expected that applicants have a demonstrated interest and openness to this approach.

Application Information and Timeline

  • We will start accepting applications on Jan. 9, 2021.  All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2021.
  • Applications must include: (1) Pendeldot cover sheet and agreement (2) cover letter, (3) resume, (4) graduate school transcript, official or unofficial, and (5) two letters of recommendation. 
  • For Pendledot applicants, please upload your application on the portal in one PDF.  If you are not part of Pendledot, please send all materials directly to michelle.wallace@temple.edu, preferably in one PDF.  Please note: letters of recommendation can be sent directly from a letter-writer if needed.
  • Upon review, interviews will be arranged with applicants under consideration.  We will conduct our virtual, one-hour interviews in February.  We will make offers according to Pendeldot guidelines on Match Day (March 8, 2021).

All members of the staff participate in training through formal and informal supervision, team meeting collaboration, consultation, and seminars.  As a result, in order to minimize dual role conflicts and ensure that trainees receive the full depth and breadth of experience, current or previous TCS therapy clients are not eligible to apply for training at TCS.

 

​​​​​​Questions or Concerns?
Michelle Wallace, Psy.D. (they/them)
Assistant Training Coordinator
Email: michelle.wallace@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-7276